This fall, the students of the Museum Object class, under the direction of PhD student Ali Reilly, are developing the exhibition This Is How It Happened: An Officer’s Perspective on the Okinawa Occupation.The exhibition centers on the personal letters, memorabilia, and photographs of a naval officer stationed in Okinawa at the end of World War II. Undergraduates selected and researched the materials, gathered support and resources, and designed and installed the entire exhibition.
Curated from and with the help of the FSU Institute of World War II and the Human Experience collection, the exhibition will follow one Naval Officer’s perspective on the end of World War II and the Occupation of Okinawa using photographs that he took during the war. It will run from November 18 – December 4, 2015.
Dr. Kurt Piehler, Director of the Institute of World War II and the Human Experience, will be at the opening to answer questions about the Institute and the exhibition materials. The WJB Gallery is located on the main floor atrium of the William Johnston Building.
Student-curated exhibitions are an increasingly important and lively component of the Museum & Cultural Heritage Studies program. Thanks to the availability of the exquisite WJB Gallery, helpful collaborations with faculty and staff, and the generous cooperation of university and local collections, students are able to mount a new exhibition every semester. From curating to promotion to exhibition design, the entire production is a hands-on learning experience for our students. The Spring 2015 class under the direction of PhD student Amy Bowman curated the Photobook exhibition Bound by Community, using materials generously shared by FSU’s Strozier Library Special Collections and the Museum of Fine Arts.